Temple Street Children's University Hospital

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Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Health Service Executive
Temple Street Childrens Hospital.JPG
The front façade of the hospital in 2010
Temple Street Children's University Hospital is located in Central Dublin
Temple Street Children's University Hospital
Shown in Dublin
LocationDublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°21′24.433″N 6°15′43.305″W / 53.35678694°N 6.26202917°W / 53.35678694; -6.26202917Coordinates: 53°21′24.433″N 6°15′43.305″W / 53.35678694°N 6.26202917°W / 53.35678694; -6.26202917
Care systemHSE
Hospital typeSpecialist
Affiliated universityUniversity College Dublin
SpecialityChildren's Hospital

Temple Street Children's University Hospital (Irish: Ospidéal Ollscoile Leanaí Sráid an Teampaill) is a children's hospital located on Temple Street, Dublin, Ireland. It is a teaching hospital of University College Dublin.[1]


The hospital was founded by Mrs. Ellen Woodlock and her close friend Sarah Atkinson at 9 Upper Buckingham Street in 1872.[2] It had just 8 beds when it opened.[2] In 1876, the growing success of the hospital prompted the governing committee to invite the Religious Sisters of Charity to take over the running of the hospital.[2]

In May 1879 the lease at 9 Upper Buckingham Street expired and, with the help of a bequest, the sisters purchased the former home of the Earls of Bellomont at 15 Temple Street.[2] Over the following years adjoining houses were purchased such as the residence of the Parnell family, number 14.[2] The hospital expanded in the 1930s with help from the Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake.[2]

A new nurses' home and a new x-ray department was officially opened by Minister of Lands, Seán Flanagan, in the presence of the President of Ireland, Éamon de Valera, in 1972.[3]

In line with other teaching hospitals, the facility changed its name from the "Children's Hospital, Temple Street" to the "Children's University Hospital, Temple Street" in the late 1990s and changed its name again to the "Temple Street Children's University Hospital" in 2012.[4][5]

In November 2012 the Minister for Health James Reilly announced plans to transfer the hospital's services to a new children's hospital on the campus of St. James's Hospital.[6][7]


  1. ^ "About Children's University Hospital". UCD School of Medicine. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Inhospitable building". Irish Times. 31 August 1998. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Temple Street Hospital 1972". RTE. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Annual Report 2010/2011" (PDF). Children's University Hospital, Temple Street. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2012" (PDF). Temple Street Children's University Hospital. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  6. ^ "The national children's hospital: A timeline". Irish Times. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  7. ^ Flaherty, Rachel; D'Arcy, Ciarán. "The national children's hospital: A timeline". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2019-01-17.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kennerk, Dr Barry (2014). Temple Street Hospital: An Illustrated History. New Island. ISBN 978-1848403895.

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